R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project
16991 Old U.S. 27 Suite A - Lansing, Michigan ... Mailing Address: PO Box 23181, Lansing, MI 48909-3181
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Here are some letters received by Scheffel-Toys about our toys.

Email from Gilda's Club - December 12, 2022:

Gilda's Club Email-DE22

Gilda's Club Toys


Posted on their Facebook page (December 2020):

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hi Larry,

Thank you so much for the beautiful puppet theater. The children are having a wonderful time playing with it. Attached is a picture of the puppet theater set up in our Creative Play Room. The coat hangers work really well for holding the puppets, too.

We greatly appreciate all the skill and time you and everyone else spent on creating these wonderful items for us.


Kim Breukink, LLMSW

Bereavement Coordinator

Ele’s Place – Capital Region

(Ele's Place asked us to enlarge their puppet theater. Most of the work was done by Ed Heaviland.)

 Saturday, January 26, 2019

Facebook post by Adel Wentworth DiOrio:

Thank you! My son has attended the spina bifida clinic at Sparrow Hospital years and years. He always looks forward to choosing a toy to keep him occupied and happy between clinicians and beyond. He's enjoyed a career, a helicopter, a dinosaur. And this penny hockey has proven to be his all time favorite! What a meaningful and beautiful project.


Scheffel Toys Reply:
So glad that he like it. I got the idea from a middle school principal. She said the kids would love to come into her office and play it. I guess she was right. We made about 90 last year. I've got about 60 started so far.

Gene Klco, Toy Shop volunteer


On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Kayla Agueros wrote:

Hi, my name is Kayla Agueros and my daughter received one of your fish pull toys from her doctor's office and my niece loves it. I was wonder if you only make them for organizations or can I purchase one if this is possible, how much would it be?


A reply to Kayla from Larry Koster, Toy Project Workshop Leader sent: Monday, November 13, 2017

Hi Kayla, Thanks for thinking about the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project and the toys we produce. We build toys which match requests from various agencies in the tri-county area and we make toys in batches; then move to another toy. We do not have toys on the shelf; we made 55 fish pull toys this year for 3 agencies and they are gone. However, I have one left in my car which you may have if you come to the Toy Project location at 16991 North East Street (Old US-127). We are open on M, W and Fridays from 8 until 11:30 am. We are closed the entire week of Thanksgiving.

By the way, we do not sell anything. Whatever we make is given away, but we accept donations which are used to purchase supplies for making more toys. Thanks for helping us get additional donations for the Toy Project.

Thu 6/16/2016 5:59 PM


We attended our last meeting with the Marble Elementary School Third Grade Class of Mrs. Rebecca Spitzer and the Developmental Kindergarten Class of Mrs. Kelly Strouse on June 1, 2016. They had a present for us which you can see. It is a poster of the handprints of the 3rd graders and the kindergarteners. These two classes are buddies to each other. They get together for the third graders to pair up in groups of two or three with the younger kids and read books. Good training for both age groups. We brought toys from the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project to both classes. The pictures with this report are from the Kindergarten room. The children really liked them all. We had a variety of the wooden toys. There were little cars, trucks, helicopters, tic-tac-toe games and bags of wooden blocks. Teachers gave the kids the opportunity to choose the toys they wanted. Wooden blocks would be the last chosen we thought. We were wrong!!. The wooden blocks were among the first selected and cherished. One boy cried when he did not get the blocks. All the children are very happy and cherish the toys. They played with them and put them in their lockers for keepsakes.

Francis E (Frank) Moss
Kiwanis of Okemos

Thank you so much to the two of you for coming to share your time with the kids this year. They really enjoyed the love you showed.

Kelly Strouse
Kindergarten Teacher

Thursday, January 26, 2016

Sending you our warmest wishes for the season and a healthy New Year.

Thank you for the donation of blocks, cars and dinosaurs. It was fun watching many of the kids racing the cars and dinosaurs down the hallway. (smile) So many compliments on the wooden toys! Have a wonderful holiday and a great New Year!

Thanks again,

Sparrow Pediatric Rehab

Monday, February 01, 2016 8:17 PM


Attached is our Scheffel Toy order for 2016. Thank you again for everything you and the rest of the crew do to brighten Christmas for so many children in the greater Lansing area.

Steve Maiville
St. Vincent de Paul

Note from Larry: This puts us with 10,200+ requests for toys for 2016 with more to come, which compares to 10,746 toys built for 2015. Truly amazing!

Friday, January 29, 2016 3:54 PM


I am not sure if you remember me, but my name is Missy Brown. I am the former department manager at St. Lawrence Emergency Department. We have spoken many times, including a wonderful tour of your business! I am now the Director of the Emergency Department at McLaren Greater Lansing (MGL). MGL is in need of your assistance. The Emergency Department does not currently have any toys or goodies for the pediatric patients. I was wondering if you would be gracious to donate the wooden toys to MGL ER as well. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or issues regarding this request. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Missy Brown
McLaren Greater Lansing, ER

Monday, January 4, 2016 2:31 PM

Subject: RE: It is Toy Ordering Time for 2016

Santa's Elves,

What awesome work you all do!!! Thanks again for all you do for our program and our children. It is especially nice to have a wide selection for our boys. Many school materials are more girl oriented than boy oriented. This year I would like to request 50 bags of blocks and 50 semi trucks. If that order is too big, 25 of each would be fine.

Thank you!

Deb Hill,
CACS-Head Start

Letters to
Here are some letters that came with donations to Scheffel Toys after an article in the Lansing State Journal was published
(see Home Page for article)

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St Therese Thank You

Edgley Note

Detroit Childrens Hosp

Salvation Army


East Lansing Kindergarten & Third Grade Students

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